UK college of physicians accused of chicanery over support for ‘cheap doctor replacements’

Professor Trish Greenhalgh calls out the Royal College of Physicians for its ''flawed' survey results.
Professor Trish Greenhalgh.

Senior doctors in the UK are in revolt over the creation of a new health worker seen as a cheap replacement for doctors with confusing titles who are potentially putting patients at risk.

In recent years some 3000 physician associates (PAs) — seen as the ultimate incarnation of the ‘noctor’ — have been trained via a two-year master’s degree to work under medical supervision.